Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler Tuesday joined a bipartisan effort to improve access and coordination of health care for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid.
U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor and Gus Bilirakis of Florida, Anna Eshoo of California and Diana DeGette of Colorado reintroduced the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act. All are Democrats except for Bilirakis, a Republican
Children with complex medical conditions often receive care from multiple specialized providers who can be located at different clinics and hospitals. The ACE Kids Act will encourage the creation of more health homes for these children and their families to better coordinate care, according to a press release. Proponents also say the legislation will save families and the government money by streamlining the health care system.
“I’ve been in the NICU and met parents who were fighting to make sure their medically-complex child received the care needed. Getting this care can be particularly challenging for those families who have hit hard times economically,” Rep. Herrera Beutler, a Clark County Republican, said in the release. “With this bipartisan legislation, we’re helping families like these access life-saving medical treatment, regardless of their zip code.”
Herrera Beutler’s daughter drew national attention after she was born without her kidneys, a side effect of the often-fatal Potter’s syndrome.
The ACE Kids Act has also been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Michael Bennet, D-Colorado.